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Weave a Quilt with Me!


Barb, Judy, Connie, and Leslie were four of the 20 Berks (County, PA) Quilters' Guild members who broke out of their comfort zones to create luscious table runners!

It's been weeks, and our members are still talking about how great your program and the workshop were!--Lorraine, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes, DE 

I love this, and wanna keep doing this technique--you've given us so many great ideas to use!--Susan, Moorestown Area Quilters of NJ

I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving workshop with Elly. Can't wait to finish the project! I learned so much about color theory as we went along. What a fun day!--Ellen, Pomegranate Guild, Masorot Chapter/Greater Philadelphia

NO SEWING MACHINES needed, only a spirit of adventure! In this playful workshop, you’ll create artful weavings of fabric strips and ribbons, audition sequences and arrange blocks in a row to make a Skinny quilt/table runner, wall hanging, album cover, pillow top, Christmas stocking, or project of any size. Along the way, I'll help you develop a sense of design and composition, value and color, movement and shape, balance and rhythm to kick your artistry up several notches. I'll share lots of materials and tips on quick and easy ways to sandwich, quilt, and finish the edges of your tapestry after you get home.

Click here for a flyer to print in multiple and hand out to entice workshop participants to consider and commit!
Class Supply List:

First, choose a color palette for your creation to match the décor where it will go. Make sure you have similar and complementary colors in light, medium, and dark values. Then collect:


*Scraps and/or fat eighths or fat quarters of fabrics in your chosen colors—at least 6 different ones

*14” lengths of ribbons, lace, rickrack, and/or braided trims in colors to match and contrast; satin ribbons are lovely for shine, grosgrain gives great texture, and metallics such as gold and silver are great for zing!

 *2 yards of any old fabric for a padded work surface (this could become your backing) 

*1 yard of paper-backed, heavy-duty fusible web, 17” wide (I recommend heavy-duty Wonder-Under--avoid sticky types like Steam-a-Seam)

*Basic rotary cutting supplies
*Pins and pin cushion
*Fabric-cutting scissors
*Teflon presser sheet and iron cleaner if you have them

Plus: One or two irons and ironing boards for the class--Big Boards are terrific for this technique, but a table with padding will do.


Berks Quilters' Guild in Leesport, PA, bucked tradition, much to their surprise and delight!






     Christa's Christmas Stocking




PennRose Quilters of Nazareth, PA came out smelling like roses!








I can honestly state that the Garden State Quilters of New Jersey wove extremely successful pieces.





The Pieced Together Quilters in Bridgewater, NJ had a peacefully productive workshop weaving together!




Wait'll you see what the Genesee Valley Quilt Club of Rochester, NY wove!






The Undercover Quilters went OVER and above!









Rebecca's Reel Quilters reeled in a really interesting group of woven designs:





 Many members and guests of the Christian Compassion Quilters in West Philly composed woven quilts using African-design fabrics, bold patterns, and bright colors:










Ocean Waves Quilt Guild's work made a big splash!










 Modern weaving by the Colonial Quilters of Bethlehem, PA!






The Nimble Thimble Quilt Club of Johnson County, Indiana, wove with nimble fingers and not even a thimble-full of trepidation.








The Valley Quilters of Green Valley, AZ created valleys and plains, and criss-crossing fields of color!



Ladybug Quilters of Newark Delaware took the technique and flew with it!





Quilt Company East in Pittsburgh wove fabric strips and ribbons east and west, north and south!




I LOVE what Love Apples Quilters of New Jersey made in my workshop!




Whoa! Marjorie Shoemaker sent me pics of her finished piece! Eileen Mannion quilted it.  





MAQ got the knack! The Moorestown Area Quilters (Mt. Laurel, NJ) included experienced and newbie weavers.







The Salt Creek Quilters, just west of Chicago, seasoned their projects with plenty of color and flair!






New tricks with strips was the M.O. for the New Braunfels Area Quilters, in Hill Country, Texas.





Psst: Program Chair Louann Fisher is shown above, flanked by the samples she made before the workshop, to show her quilting sisters some varied inspiration!

 Hi, ho: Each weaver of the Arapahoe County Quilters in Colorado developed her own techniques--and taught me a thing or two!





Just 4 hours after their workshop, the Courthouse Quilters held court at the guild meeting with their woven masterpieces:







Several members of the Arlington, Virginia chapter of Quilters Unlimited demonstrated unlimited enthusiasm and determination. They went right home from the workshop and continued working on their weaving projects. Show 'n' Tell at the guild meeting featured many pieces well on the way to completion, as you can see from the Halloween and Christmas Skinny Quilts below.











Two chapters of the Pomegranate Guild had a fruitful morning of weaving!







Arlene Spector shared the previous weaving in its finished glory, quilted by Ellen Manson, embroidered and embellished by Arlene. I'm moony eyed over it!

The Ohio Valley Quilters' Guild went under and over and above!



See what wonderful weavings came out of the Quilt Guild Of The Villages (Florida):





Bayside Quilters of the eastern shore of Maryland sure came up with some rich "tapestries"!






Program Chair Nita and I felt like yelling BINGO! when we found ways to incorporate the blocks she brought in, either as overlays, or folded into three-dimensional prairie points.



 Customers at the Inspire Sewing & Quilting shop in Plant City, FL were inspired to weave wonderful works!

 Lynn and her sister run a shop that's fresh and homey!

  Sue, aka Mary Englebreit?

Betsye goes bold  Pam S.  Peg--Are you thinking spring?

  Diane dares to bring in rust velvet  Donna rocks her stripes

Lynn had a bit of time left after helping her daughters  Erika's work has a subtle sophistication well beyond her years.  Ciera likes her work hot and spicy

Cindy departed the parallel paradigm!  Angles! by Cindy

Hoowee, the Chugach Mt. Quilters of Alaska wove some aMAZEing pieces of art!

Tammi--such an angel, notice the wings!So cool how Tammi cut up, rearranged, and finished her Skinny quilt...

So cool how Tammi cut up, rearranged, and finished her Skinny quilt as shown above!






Nice, Mary, but you have to actually weave those weft strips over and under! Gonna be a stunner when it's done-er!

Check out some of the fabulous work in process by customers of the Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, CA:


Here I am admiring how Janeen chooses just a few brights to add contrast to her dark and rich combination...smokin'! Meanwhile, Sandy adds just a few black prints to "ground" her explosion of sherbety tones, many with cheery cherry motifs. Mary Englebreit, get a load of this!


Sandi cleverly used just one piece of fabric, slit vertically into various widths, for the entire warp, then wove different strips across. So, the batik floral design in the warp fabric peeks in and out the weft strips, and your eye naturally completes the partially concealed lines of those florals! Cool, huh? 


Marcos plans to combine the piece he created in my Nine Patch workshop from the previous day with his woven quilt, so he's using a complementary palette of fabrics.



From the gitgo at time of registration, Missy, Hulda, and Barbara planned a seasonal theme together. (I trust their woven table runners will be done and on the table by July 4th --- and I do mean 2013)! But EVERYBODY shared and swapped fabric and ribbons, in addition to supplementing their stash for the class with luscious fat quarters, jelly roll strips, and scrap box goodies from the Cozy Quilt Shop floor.

Everyone in this class: send me a jpeg of your finished piece along with your mailing address, and I'll post the design here and send you a complimentary copy of my book, Unforgettable Tote Bags!

Check out some of the fabulous work in process by customers of the Quilted Forest in Salem, OR:





All of the workshop participants loved learning the process, and "weaving" their own color and design aesthetic to fabric and ribbon weaving. And some of these pieces will become Skinny Quilts, while others will be centerpieces of a decorator pillow, or masterpiece medallions for a standard-size and shape wall hanging. Just as amazing--these customers of Sylvia Greenebaum's Quilted Forest are now friends of mine and of each other! Our diverse personalities intertwined like a warp and weft. Guilds: Bring me in for this workshop--or to "Weave a Giant Quilt with Me."